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    Default Rhyncostylis gigantea

    Just received this plant. Can anyone help me determine the best way to pot it? I have read in a wooden basket bare root or in a pot with large fir bark and/or charcoal. I plan on keeping it a greenhouse environment where the humidity is high as well as the temperature. Name:  IMG_1733.jpg
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    Is this a Vanda relative? If so, I would think that would be OK.

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    I bought mine in plastic orchid pot bare root.

    But my place is hotter than the original sorrounding it got used to, so i use sphagnum moss to fill the pot, to increase the humidity. Its been 4 months now, i think its ok.

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    in my opinion, mounting rhyncostylis gigantea would be better choice.

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    I grow most of mine mounted and a few in bare plastic baskets without any medium.

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    I mount them all,only seedling from frask still in basket with moss

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    Just curious since I am considering one of these and I grow all my orchids in baskets. if I placed this plant in a basket with not media isn't that for all intents and purposes, mounted? Don't want to get one and kill it!

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    I decided after reading the above options and other readings to grow mine in a 6 inch plastic basket. The wooden basket I had did not fit well as the roots are already quite large. I then put some medium sized fir bark ( probably should have used orchiata) and medium sized charcoal in the basket to help sturdy the plant. This media, I think, allows for quick draining while maintaining some level of moisture to avoid having to water the plant more frequently. I am not sure this is the right decision. Since I did this yesterday i would really appreciate advice on wether this was a good decision. I would have put plant in a basket bare root but I couldn't figure out how to keep it attached. PLEASE HELP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    Just curious since I am considering one of these and I grow all my orchids in baskets. if I placed this plant in a basket with not media isn't that for all intents and purposes, mounted? Don't want to get one and kill it!

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    In a way it is. Mounting usually allows the roots to attach themselves to something firm and so hold the plant steady- this is as close to its natural growth habit as it is possible to provide in an unnatural 'domestic' environment.

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    I bought 3 at the same time, one I removed all bark and did bare root in basket, the second one I removed some bark and left in basket, third one I did nothing with and left bark in basket as I had received it. the first one died within a year, the second one went dormant and sulked for awhile the third one took off like a bullet and has grown well. this is my experience so I am not saying it is the rule, I can see that mounting would be good, because once done you never have to move the plant again, just saying from my experience this plant has not liked being messed with. You have a good looking plant and the blooms are so rewarding, and again this has been my experience only, best of luck

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